A MAN OF FEW WORDS BUT FULL OF ACTION, SAYS CAPT AMARINDER OF HAKSAR AT LAUNCH OF JAIRAM RAMESH’S NEW BOOK
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Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh released Congress leader Jairam Ramesh’s book`Intertwined Lives: PN Haksar and Indira Gandhi’, describing it as a source of great inspiration for the younger generation.
Captain Amarinder Singh said that Jairam Ramesh had lucidly brought out the multi-faceted personality of Haksar, with whom the Chief Minister shared personal ties during his serving days under Late Army Commander General Harbaksh Singh.
The book, he said, took him down memory lane to his first meeting with Haksar in London, when Natwar Singh was the High Commissioner there. It was fascinating to hear him talk as the Bangladesh war, of which Haksar was a key architect, had ended, said the Chief Minister, adding that their conversation reminded him of his own Army days.
Recalling his warm ties with Haksar, Captain Amarinder Singh said he was a man of few words but full of action, with whom he had enjoyed his interactions and intellectual exchanges during his younger days.
An admirer of Haksar’s interactions with those who mattered then, the Chief Minister said it was an honour to know him. The book, he said, brought out the contribution of the great advisor to then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, and his unmatched caliber.
Addressing a distinguished gathering at the book release function at the Centre for Research in Rural and Industrial Development (CRRID), Captain Amarinder Singh appreciated the exhaustive research that had gone into it. He lauded Ramesh for bringing alive the close relationship between Indira and Haksar with his astute understanding and writing skills.
Jairam Ramesh later said the book was based on primary sources, which included handwritten notes and letters, besides nearly 1500 files running into 40,000 to 50,000 pages. Ramesh said to write a biography is always a dangerous task but if this is done after proper research, especially by consulting original sources, it adds to the credibility, objectivity and genuineness of the contents. However, biographies written merely on the basis of secondary sources, memory and oral observations often have an element of subjectivity, which should be discouraged, he added.
The relationship between Indira and Haksar, which was both professional and personal, went back to the 1930s, when the two, along with Feroze, stayed together in London, where Haksar would cook for all three, said